This is our predicted lineup for tomorrow evening’s trip to Sheffield United. It features just one change from the Manchester City match with Fabian Schar coming in for Ciaran Clark.
Earlier this week, Bruce hinted at making some changes in his team due to the heavy fixture schedule over the next few months. We think there’s a chance that could start as early as tomorrow.
The thinking with bringing Schar in for Clark is that Ciaran has featured heavily since coming into the side against Manchester United in early October. He’s played every minute of the seven matches since then while also getting back into the Republic of Ireland team in November. He made two appearances during the latest international break.
Schar’s inclusion would move Fernandez to the center of the back three, where we think he is a better fit than Clark. We have Dummett keeping his place on the left. This change would be purely down to rotation and not due to Clark losing his place on performance.
The rest of the team remains as is with Shelvey captaining the side. Despite DeAndre Yedlin returning to training yesterday after missing out this weekend, we have Bruce sticking with Javier Manquillo at right-back.
The reason for that is simple. Yedlin was not at his best against Aston Villa in last Monday’s 2-0 defeat while Manquillo was outstanding this past weekend. That has to count for something, so we think Bruce will have the 25-year-old Spaniard in the team tomorrow.
It’s tough to pick a substitute bench these days, especially with Manquillo back in the team. We have Bruce going with the following subs, but Dwight Gayle or DeAndre Yedlin could just as easily be there. We don’t have Florian Lejeune involved simply because Bruce has yet to name him to a matchday squad.
Darlow, Clark, Krafth, S. Longstaff, M. Longstaff, Atsu, Carroll
It’s a big match on Thursday that Newcastle can hopefully get a result from. We don’t want another stinker like at Aston Villa so the lads will have to be at their best. If not, there’s plenty of Magpies itching to get back into this team.
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